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How peer-to-peer recognition improve staff morale


Employee morale is absolutely critical to the growth of your business. From recognizing employees that show promise to making positive changes to your overall company culture, having your finger on the pulse of your workplace is essential.

Low morale in the workplace can be a productivity killer. It could be a few bad apples, rolling eyes and poor performances, or it could be a serious company culture problem with poor retention rates and stagnant team collaboration. In any case, you need to ensure morale is at its best.

To combat low employee morale, leaders need to take action by embracing positive change. This can be as simple as serving up meaningful benefits and acknowledgements. Let’s take a look at four employee recognition software and programs to boost your company’s morale.

1. Build company culture around employee-to-employee recognition

This is a big one to really consider. Sure, leaders need to make company culture a thing, but what really makes company culture thrive is the employees. This is why building a company culture around employee-to-employee recognition a must to eliminate low morale.

You can have a “grateful for” board in the office for employees to write what employee they are grateful for and why in an anonymous way. Think “secret Santa,” but with words year round. You can use social media to express employee-to-employee encouragement, and you can implement peer-to-peer recognition software.

Peer-to-peer recognition software builds a scalable culture with peer recognition at the foundation. This can strengthen your overall company culture and increase morale exponentially.

2. Employ more technology to eliminate email stress

While we are on the topic of technology and employee recognition software, let’s talk about email. And how to eliminate it. Wait, aren’t we supposed to use more technology? Yes, but it depends on the technology in use.

Did you know that workplace emails increase blood pressure and heart rate? In fact, Hello Heart recommends you walk while reading and responding to emails to improve your physical and mental health.

There are also email alternatives that can be integrated into the workplace like Slack and Asana. These messaging and team collaboration tools are a great way to communicate effectively while at work with less stress. And less stress means better employee morale.

3. Outsource company parties for a better employee experience

The employee experience is very important for morale. And if you think those in-house company parties will do the trick for boosting morale, think again. Most company parties and employee appreciation events that are organized in-house usually fail to hit the morale mark.

Instead, let the professionals handle it. By outsourcing company events, you take pressure off HR and the marketing team while at the same time ensuring the company party will be an event employees love.

Expensive? Yes, it does cost more to outsource instead of having Sally and Tim from HR organize the party as part of their salary. But, what is the cost to find, hire, and train new employees every six months? Outsourcing is hands down cheaper.

4. Redefine employee benefits that fit today’s workplace culture

Morale can be tied to a few aspects. For instance, a toxic working environment via a bad leader can reduce morale significantly. Morale can also be affected by the benefits offered to employees, since employees want to earn money by working, but not miss out on life while doing it.

Benefits that fit today’s workplace culture can come in a variety of forms. For example, you can increase the number of vacation days an employee gets per year. If you think your business can’t handle losing employees for a large amount of time, just look to the UK. Employees get 28 annual days of leave per year, and businesses in the country do pretty well.

Implementing other benefits like closing up shop early on Fridays, making lunch breaks mandatory, providing discounts to places around town in cooperation with your company, and no office work on weekends can have a positive impact on morale.

How is the morale at your company?

Many companies make the mistake of half-heartedly showing just how important their employees are. And company culture certainly isn’t about leadership or HR policies, it’s about peer recognition and giving your team the ability to build the culture they want, and the culture they will thrive in.

If an employee feels valued by managers, but also valued by peers, it’s a win-win for business. Stability, fun, benefits, and recognition are the ingredients for high morale and greater efficiency and productivity. How have you boosted morale in your company?

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